|1970's Cadillac - Pencil and Ink|
August 7, 2013
Back in the 1970's I never thought I'd grow an affection for the big boat like cars of the period, but I have.
I'm not ashamed to say I really love some of the old gas guzzlers from that era. They were the last of the really big machines put out by Detroit. As if they were thumbing their collective noses at the gas crisis of the time, they produced these mighty behemoths forged from American steel.
By the late 1970's the generation that had come to expect the large car were getting older and by the 1980's Detroit found itself trying to catch Japan. You can say what you want about Japanese cars, I have owned them for years and they're damn well built, but the American car was unique in all the world. Designed to traverse a great, wide open country, automobiles like this were made to glide across the asphalt arteries of our nations circulatory system. They were powerful and roomy and as wide as a Montana sky. At least that's how I remember them.